Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

Touch Wood

How can users access the internet with natural, ambient materials?

The Solution

Touch Wood is an interactive surface on a collection of furniture, customized to meet user needs and style. With the tap on the surface, users can learn the forecast of the day, charge their devices, and even control other home assistants like adjusting speaking volumes or music channels. Unlike other home assistants, Touch Wood furniture blends in with home decor, allowing users to choose ambient engagement, but not disrupting the space.